Saturday, October 5, 2013

Lightning Damage

The electrical storm last night fried a bunch of our gear north of 6th St.  We also lost gear near 23rd and Louisiana.

We are working on the problem and will have the network back to nominal shortly.

UPDATE: The network has been returned to normal.  Also: since we have already been at work all day, we decided to call off the scheduled maintenance for tonight, so for all of those uses who are downloading stuff between 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM on a Sunday, enjoy it.  We'll be sleeping.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown = Scheduled Maintenance

So since the government shut down, Army Specialist Lionell Brown and Air Force 1st Lieutenant Joshua Montgomery (that's me!) don't have drill this weekend.  That kind of sucks ( we both enjoy drill weekend ), but as a bonus we can spend the weekend doing something else.

So we decided to upgrade the fiber bus at our 2100 Harper POP this weekend.

You may have noticed we've been opening maintenance windows pretty regularly lately.  This is because a lot of our original equipment was 100 megabit per second Ethernet.  Since we are moving more of our infrastructure to 1,000 megabits per second, these sites need to be upgraded to accommodate the additional capacity traffic.  We are swapping out a lot of switching and routing gear.

Usually it goes smoothly, but sometimes things break, so we are doing it on overnights.

Anyway, the gist of this post is that we are taking down the network (the whole network) on Sunday morning at around 2:00 AM.  It should be back up by around 5 later than 7 AM if we go out for pancakes.